The Underground Railroad : Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2017
by Colson Whitehead
Editor: Little, Brown Book Group
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ARTHUR 2017WINNER FICTION PULITZER AWARD WINNER CCLARKE AWARD 2017LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2017NATIONAL DELIVERY OF THE 2016 AMAZON AWARDCOM #1-THE BOOK OF THE YEAR 2016#1 NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER AND ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR “Whitehead is on a roll: the exams have been sublime” Tutor’ Luminous, furious, madly inventive Observer’ Hands down one of the best, if not the best, book that I’ve ever written!Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in GeorgiaAll slaves lead an infernal existence, but Cora has it worse than more; she is a pariah, even among her African colleagues and she approaches femininity, where it is clear, even more pain that awaits you.When Caesar, a recently arrived slave from Virginia, told him about the Underground Railroad, they made the perilous decision to escape to the north.In Whitehead is clearly imagining the pre-war South, the Underground Railroad has taken a physical form: a ruined wagon pulled along underground tracks by a steam locomotive, picking up fugitives wherever it can.Cora and Caesar’s first stop east of South Carolina, in a city that first seems like a haven of peaceBut its surface placid face masks infernal device devised for its ignorance, black inhabitantsAnd even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher sent after Cora, they’re on their heels.Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a flight sequence, state by state, in search of true freedom.At each stage of her journey, Cora meets another worldAs Whitehead brilliantly recreates the unique terror for black people in the pre-Secessionary War, his transparently narrative weaves the saga of America, the brutal, importing Africans for the unfulfilled promises of the time.The Underground Railroad is
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